In 2012, Rowan College of South Jersey became the first South Jersey chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC). The chapter is dedicated to changing the lives of women, both as working professionals at the college and as residents in the community, by providing leadership, advocacy and professional development.
Rowan College chapter goals to improve access to education and to promote opportunity, diversity and economic independence through:
The purpose of the Chapter shall be to:
- Encourage the professional and educational development of women in community colleges.
- Support women in leadership roles through mentorship.
- Foster an environment of networking and communication among women in community colleges.
- Promote and offer local and state workshops for women in community colleges.
- Provide volunteer service opportunities to enhance our communities and workplace environment.
AAWCC is guided in all of its endeavors by a firm commitment to equity and excellence in education and employment for women in community, junior and technical colleges. This commitment is translated into action at the national, regional, state and local levels through AAWCC programs, activities and services developed and offered in accordance with the following principles:
- Achievement of equity for women is critical to the wise and just development and use of valuable human resources
- Equity is promoted through AAWCC's efforts to improve access to educational opportunities, employment at all levels and policy-making and decision-making forums
- Equity issues may include career upward-mobility, comparable pay for comparable work, increased involvement of women in governing bodies and appropriate support services for adult women enrolled in two-year colleges
- Commitment to equity must be matched by an equally strong commitment to educational and professional excellence
- Excellence is promoted through AAWCC's efforts to encourage and reward educational achievement and professional endeavors, to provide opportunities for professional development and to develop linkages and disseminate information pertaining to specific concerns